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    Ugly Algae

    Hi everyone.
    Lately I see some ugly brown algae growing in my tank.
    I checked my Nitrate level and so far it seems to be okay (less than 0.2).Saltinity: 25). My corals and the fish seem to be doing fine.
    Anybody had this problem before.?

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    This is a diatom bloom....

    One of the many stages your tank will go through. This is a cycle the tank will go through.

    Is this tank newly set up? Judging by the substrate in the picture, it looks fairly new. If so, this is completely normal.
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    First I was getting other brown algae, then green and nowthis diatom bloom.
    The tank was setup about two months ago. But The VHO and the fish was put in about a month ago.
    Arton

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    A change in lighting will cause this.
    DOn't worry, it will go away..
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    normal...get some snails...

    looks quite normal and nothing to worry about at this point....
    Your tank is maturing and this is part of the process...
    ALLLL tanks go through this early in the game.....
    Perhaps pick up 3 large turbo snails and 4 or 5 astrea snails
    and END OF PROBLEM likely....
    Good luck

    Tim
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    Just adding on my 2 cents worth of encouragement as well. It's normal and most if not all tanks go through it. (from what I was told when posting the same not long ago)

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    Here's another two cents... Don't worry. Definetly diatoms. If you are using tap water as make up and for w.c.s that will encourage diatoms. A reverse osmosis unit would really help here... Expensive, but worth the investment in the long run.
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    not to discourage you, but just make sure that it does go away, b/c i am still fighting a HUGE hair algae problem that is overrunning my tank. i have since added a whole bunch of snails, and refugium with macro algae, and have not fed my tank ANYTHING in over a month (hoping the tang, blenny,crabs, shrimp, and snails will get hungy enough to eat it all up.) still hasnt gotten better. the problem may be due to my first filling of the tank to be with tap water. I have decided now to buy a 200gal bucket of TM salt, and use it all up over the next four months. i will change at least 10 gallons a week. I want to make sure that this is done with before i hit the one year mark for my tank.
    so most likely it will not be an issue for you, but if it does get worse, stay on top of it before it gets out of hand.
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    ALRHAAl

    ALRHA....get yourself a seahare and it might be the
    answer your waiting for.... I had some hair algae starting...
    I got a sea hare..END OF PROBLEM...it has been a month
    now and NOTTA PROBLEM WITH BAD ALGAE...

    This animal in INCREDIBLE!!!! amazing!

    I got mine from CANADIAN REEF in BRAMPTON!(Ryan)

    gOOD LUCK

    Tim
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    according to this site, they release toxins - something i am not wiling to add to my tank.
    http://www.liveaquaria.com:80/produc...=23&pCatId=726
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